Coventry Transport Museum Celebrates its Official Re-Opening Today

Coventry Transport Museum celebrated its official and complete re-opening in style today, following its extensive £9.5 million redevelopment.

The automotive world gathered to watch a stunning display in Millennium Place from multiple world record holder and supercar stuntman Terry Grant.  This was followed with a unique parade of ‘Trailblazing Cars of the World’, curated by Harry Metcalfe (of Evo magazine, and YouTube hit Harry’s Garage fame), and hosted by television presenter and racing driver, Amanda Stretton.

Harry Metcalfe said: “I was asked to get involved with the re-launch of the museum following a visit I made here a few weeks ago.  I was very impressed, and delighted to get involved. There’s no question that Coventry and the Midlands was, is and will continue to be at the very heart of the British motor industry, and indeed the world’s, especially with the recent successes of the city’s most famous export, Jaguar, and its sister company, Land Rover.”

Amanda Stretton said: “What we have here is one of the world’s finest – and indeed the largest in public ownership – collection of cars, motorbikes, push-bikes, vans, trucks, buses and a whole lot more.  And I’m told that more car manufacturers have come out of Coventry than Detroit.  This really is our very own Motown, and that’s what Coventry Transport Museum celebrates so brilliantly.  It is a really fitting, world-class tribute and attraction to this great motoring city.

The museum has been completely transformed and provides a world-class showcase for Coventry’s rich transport heritage – from the 19th century to the present day.

Following its 15 month-long redevelopment programme, Coventry Transport Museum offers a whole day of fun and discovery for visitors of all ages in an iconic city-centre building. Through its re-energised exhibitions, visitors are taken on a journey through Coventry’s vast transport history; from being a bicycle capital of the world in the 19th century to producing vehicles for the war efforts, to contributing to the UK’s car-making and exporting success, and everything in-between.

Visitors are met with hundreds of unique exhibits, delivering a world-class experience throughout. The car collection includes the world’s fastest cars ThrustSSC and Thrust2, the oldest Coventry-built car, more than 3,000 toy car models – including Dinky, Matchbox and Corgi, and many of the most innovative, memorable and luxurious road vehicles of the last 150 years – all built in Coventry.

Cars are only a part of Coventry’s transport journey – the museum focuses on the innovators and the workers who made that growth possible. From the cycle pioneers of the 19th century who revolutionized transport for the masses, to the men and women who created the transport, munitions and equipment for the world wars – and looking into the future, with innovators in technology who will shape the automotive future of Coventry and beyond.

Culture Coventry chief executive Gary Hall says: “Re-launching the museum is the culmination of seven years of hard work by the team. It marks yet another landmark for Coventry’s transport heritage, but also preserves its rich history. The museum provides a haven for visitors to immerse themselves in the past, present and future of Coventry’s transport legacy – capturing the imagination of visitors of all ages.  We are extremely grateful to the European Regional Development Fund, the Heritage Lottery Fund and all of the other organisations who have supported this project throughout.

In addition –

The Trailblazing Cars of the World included models from all over the globe, representing a collection that changed the automotive landscape forever.

Harry Metcalfe’s Trailblazing Cars of the World: From Harry on the importance of this addition “The idea of the Trailblazing Cars collection is that they, in my opinion, are all examples that changed the car world forever.  Many of the cars I have brought along today have definitely achieved that, and many of these were designed, engineered and built right here in Coventry and the Midlands.”

Lamborghini Miura (widely recognized as the world’s first supercar)

Mini (Pioneered front wheel drive packaging and compact economy car design for towns and cities)

Jaguar C-type (Pioneer of disc-brakes, developed initially for racing at Le Mans, but ultimately adopted in production cars all over the world)

Land Rover Series I (one of the world’s first commercially available 4x4s)

Porsche 911 Turbo (the world’s first commercially successful Turbo offering)

Range Rover (Introduced in 1970, it established a whole new sector of all-terrain vehicle for Europe, and remains in production today as the pinnacle of luxury SUVs the world over)

Ferrari F40 (the first road-legal production car to break the 200mph barrier and the fastest and most expensive Ferrari of its time)

Audi Quattro (the world’s first performance car to adopt four-wheel-drive, very successfully marketed through victorious rally campaigns in WRC and Group B during the 1980s)

Bugatti Veyron (In its time: the world’s fastest car, the first ‘hyper’ car, world’s most expensive car, and most powerful car with 1000bhp – often named as the ‘best car in the world’)

Jaguar C-X75 (The world’s first hybrid-electric supercar – followed by many of the world’s supercar manufacturers)

Photo credit: Coventry Transport Museum

Blog – 20th June 2015 Reported by Liane Kate, Radio Warwickshire @LianeKate

Take Back Control of Your Life with Naomi Martell-Bundock, Promo


We’re super excited to have Naomi joining the Radio Warwickshire team with her new show Take Back Control of Your Life. The first episode starts on Sunday, 19 October at 08:00 AM. Our creative directive got a chance to catch up with Naomi after the recording of the first episode. Have a listen. #TakeBackControl

Take Back Control of Your Life – The Radio Show!


With Naomi set to go into the studio to record the first episode of her new show, we asked her to tell us a little bit more about the show and what she has in store for us.


Take back control of your life – The Radio Show!  is all about, err, taking back control of your life!

Today’s lifestyles are full-on, frenetic and sometimes even fun! But often, it’s so busy that it’s as if we are caught on the hamster wheel; we keep going round and round, but don’t actually go anywhere.

My name is Naomi Martell-Bundock and I’m a Wellbeing Expert. My company, Core Sense Ltd., delivers wellbeing coaching for 9709298848_732ac49a30_bpeople like you who are capable and  confident but feel that life has got slightly (or more!) out of their control. I’m one of the quoted experts on the Boots WebMD U.K. website, , the Wellbeing Expert for on the Neom Wellbeing Board and I’m the lead trainer for the Stress Management Society

So “Take back control of your life – The Radio Show! “is an opportunity to gather together a wide range of information and suggestions to help you feel back in control of your life, pretty much whatever your circunstances.

When I work with individuals and groups, I focus on 4 key areas:

1)     Wellbeing for you as an individual

2)     Wellbeing for your family – whether you are a parent or a carer

3)     Wellbeing for your business – whether you run your own business or work in someone else’s

4)     Stress Management – with a focus on … Wellbeing!

In my next {blog} I will talk more about Wellbeing, but to start off I see Wellbeing as anything that helps you feel … in control of your life! (Are you starting to see a theme here?!)

We’re going to start off trying out different formats for the show: one week I will interview a fellow expert on a particular area, such as “Take back control of your relationship,” another week, we might compile more of a magazine-style show where I cover lots of topics, such as career, money, love, and another might be the same topic but with lots of different perspectives.

As time goes on, and hopefully you get to know, like and trust me, I’d love to incorporate a Q&A section, sort of like a Radio Agony Aunt, but as a “Modern Mentor.”

We want to hear what really works for you in the programme, and any topics that you would like us to cover. In the first few programmes we are going to touch on topics such as

Stress, work-life balance, priorities, money, relationships, communication, alcohol, food, drugs

Ethical trade – how do we know what we’re buying supports the bigger picture, parenting,

What to expect when you go into hospital, disabilities, health and safety at work, what’s working for yourself really like… and so on!

Does it sound interesting? I hope so! We want to really create something that’s going to support you to … Take back control of your life!


Interview with Angel Sinclair founder of Models of Diversity about their campaign for more diversity in the modelling world.


Find out more from Angel Sinclair, founder of Models of Diversity, a non profit organisation fighting for equality within the modelling world. Looking at giving a chance for all people, no matter their shape, colour of their skin, disability in having the same opportunities & potential to be catwalk models.

Models of Diversity is the campaign for more diversity in the models we see every day. We call on the fashion, beauty and marketing industries to recognise the beauty in people of all races, ages, shapes, sizes and abilities. Our mission is to change the face of fashion and modelling.

Clearly, not just anyone can be a model; a successful model must have a special beauty, confidence, professionalism, ability to take direction, even artistic awareness. But no one with those talents should be excluded from the industry on arbitrary grounds. And no one should feel shut out from the modern presentation of beauty.

Angel Sinclair, the founder of Models of Diversity is a former model herself. She founded the campaign after appearing on Gok’s Miss Naked Beauty in 2008. Angel was struck by the great variety of beautiful women participating in the event and how that contrasted with the narrow range we see in the fashion industry. That’s when she decided, to promote using models that reflect the diversity in society, in race, shape, age and ability.

So we campaign at fashion events, hold street surveys, offer workshops and vigorously promote a more diverse range of models in the media and social networking.

We know from our surveys that the public is in favour of more diversity, so our ambition is to change how the fashion industry thinks and responds to the needs of all the fashion-buying public.

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Reporter @LianeKate

Co-Host & Co-Host

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Our take on the popular game show Mr & Mrs. How well do you know your co-host? Radio Warwickshire’s Creative Director invited Emma and Cherry along to play. Find out how they did. #rwmagic

Interview – Tom Gold




Tom Gold is the author of Wilderness of Sinners, a memoir of his time spent working at a wilderness training camp for ‘adjudicated youth’ 30 miles north of Arizona’s Mexican border. Listen as Tom tells how the story of how he ended up thousands of miles from home in the company of former ranch hands, ex-soldiers, and drifters trying to rehabilitate some of America’s most hardened young offenders.


We asked the people of Warwickshire what they see as their top tips for staying healthy in 2013


Listen to the voice on the street in Warwickshire about staying healthy in 2013